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    Water line installation

    I need some advice about installing a water supply line on my property. Just got the meter installed at the street and measured to where I need the hydrants. It will be 150' and slightly uphill at about a 10' rise over the 150'. There is a 3/4 female fitting on the ball valve at the meter and I plan on putting in a freeze proof hydrant at the end next to my parking space for my camper.
    Just need some recommendations for pipe material, size, depth, and any other tips from those of you who have done something similar.
    By the way, the trench will not be straight as I will have to dig around some trees. Will be using the 9" trenching bucket on my backhoe.

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    Are you planning to use the water line later for a house or dwelling that will be subject to local code requirements? I know you asked about a single yard hydrant and a camper. Are all the usual options allowed in your town (copper, PVC, CPVC, and PEX)?

    Remember that a hydrant back siphons. That's how its kept from freezing. You may need a back-siphon valve or vacuum breaker in your installation to minimize risk of water supply contamination.
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    Depth would be below frost line, consider bedding the line in sand. Here in Wyoming we also "sandwich" the PEX line between two layers of 2 inch foam board. So we are at 6 feet in depth with sand on the base as bedding and foam board.


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    Frostline

    Here in northwest Georgia 18" is the recommended depth to avoid freezing. But the meter is at ground level. Wonder how that works.
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    If it were me I'd use SCH 40 PVC as it's much easier to work with (especially by yourself) than black poly pipe or anything that's coiled with the exception of soft copper. Of course you could go SCH 80; but that just runs up the bill significantly. If you have a way to get it home I'd also consider getting 20' sticks instead of the 10' sticks sold at the big box stores to have fewer joints.

    I also like to put a 4" - 6" bed of pea gravel (3/8") or squeegee (1/4") in the trench followed by another 4" - 6" of the same material as cover before putting the topsoil back in place. The gravel allows the pipe to squirm without breaking when the earth shifts a bit from natural processes.

    If you go all plastic you might consider zip tying a copper wire to the pipe that can be used in the future to locate the line if you forget exactly where the trench was dug. Plastic natural gas line has a wire in it for that purpose.
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    We replaced our house waterline not too long ago with 1" PEX at 18" deep. Like you say, it does come up to the water meter which is 6-8" under ground.
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    I guess I have some questions and this install is going to be based on local regs. Check with you local water authority before you start.
    In our area, the water meter is inside the house or first structure it feeds.
    So, is your water meter at the street?
    Our local code requires water feed line to be no less than 3/4" K copper laid in stone dust (what we call cracker dust), buried to below the frost line which is 36" in our part of the country.
    Our area also requires a check valve installed in this line where it enters the building. Because of the check valve, there needs to be an expansion tank installed on your water system on the house side of the check valve.
    In our area you would also need a pressure regulator to reduce supply pressure since the supply pressure is normally about 80 to 100 psi.
    An subsequent feeds most be T'd off after the water meter.

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    With a 4 ft depth requirement here and the ground bony as heck I like to sleeve the water line with a bigger pipe. Just need to be reasonably straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imaybail View Post
    I need some advice about installing a water supply line on my property. Just got the meter installed at the street and measured to where I need the hydrants. It will be 150' and slightly uphill at about a 10' rise over the 150'. There is a 3/4 female fitting on the ball valve at the meter and I plan on putting in a freeze proof hydrant at the end next to my parking space for my camper.
    Just need some recommendations for pipe material, size, depth, and any other tips from those of you who have done something similar.
    By the way, the trench will not be straight as I will have to dig around some trees. Will be using the 9" trenching bucket on my backhoe.

    Thanks for any advice!
    We replaced a 2" line from the regulator at the old well to our home two summers ago. We used a roll of poly pipe, trenched to about four feet deep, and removed as many of the sharp rocks as we could to prevent wearing a hole through the new pipe. We had 3/4" NPT fittings at either end of the pipe to contend with.

    I concur with a check valve , and you may want to consider a low point drain near your meter to gravity drain your line prior to winter freeze.

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    What part of Georgia? (will make a difference)

    I'm in south Louisiana.
    Meter is 8" below ground surface.
    Supply line from meter to house is 1" copper, buried 8" - 10" deep.(common soil)
    Remaining water supply line on property is 1" SCH 40 PVC(with copper wiring zip-tied around it for future locating).
    Remaining water supply lines are buried 6" - 8" deep throughout property.(does not get below 32°f for any length of time here)

    Note: 3/4" was suggested by a plumber, but I used 1". The larger diameter makes for good volume.
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